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Ex-nurse faces sentencing for oxycodone possession

Jan. 24, 2020 4:59 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware nurse with a history of misconduct is facing sentencing by a federal judge after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, a powerful and addictive prescription painkiller. Kelly A. Mullins, 59, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years at...

Maryland man sentenced for defrauding clients of over $1.6M

Jan. 24, 2020 4:24 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to four years in prison after he took more than $1.6 million from clients at his payroll processing business used them to pay his personal expenses, federal authorities said. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced David Richison, 64, of...

Missouri doctor indicted in alleged fentanyl fraud scheme

Jan. 23, 2020 8:10 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a southwest Missouri physician accused of receiving tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks for prescribing fentanyl spray to hundreds of patients in a $2.4 million medical fraud scheme. Randall D. Halley, 63, of Nixa, was charged in a...

Texas man gets probation in Dr Pepper rebate scheme

Jan. 23, 2020 7:47 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man was sentenced to five years probation for participating in a rebate scheme that defrauded soda giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. of more than $1 million. Joseph A. Isaac was sentenced during a court hearing in federal court on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...

Russian pleads guilty in Virginia to large-scale card fraud

Jan. 23, 2020 6:31 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Russian national pleaded guilty Thursday to running a website that helped people commit more than $20 million in credit-card fraud. Aleksei Burkov, 29, of St. Petersburg, Russia, entered the plea to charges including fraud and money laundering in a federal court in Alexandria. He...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, left, arrives at Greece's supreme court in Athens. Greece's justice minister has signed an order on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, for bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik to be extradited to France - concluding an international legal battle surrounding the Russian former cryptocurrency trading platform operator. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, file)

Greek high court upholds Vinnik extradition order to France

Jan. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek high court on Thursday rejected Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik's final appeal against his extradition to France, ending a more than two-year legal tug-of-war between three countries seeking to put him on trial. Vinnik's Greek lawyer, Zoi Konstandopoulou, said...

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Thursday, January, 23, 2020. Wanzhou is in court for hearings over an American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends

Jan. 23, 2020 4:55 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian judge said Thursday she will announce her decision at a later date after ending the first phase of an extradition hearing that will decide whether a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is sent to the United States. This week's hearings dealt with the...

Former executive sentenced in $1.8 million embezzling case

Jan. 23, 2020 4:02 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former human resources director from St. Louis was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for embezzling more than $1.8 million from her employer. Nicole Scott, 42, also must pay back the money. She pleaded guilty in October to one federal count of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors...

Treatment center owner gets prison for $48 million fraud

Jan. 23, 2020 11:13 AM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The owner of two closed substance abuse treatment centers in Ohio was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for what federal authorities say was a massive Medicaid fraud scheme. Ryan Sheridan, 39, of Leetonia, apologized before his sentencing Wednesday in Youngstown. He pleaded guilty...

Venezuelan sentenced in $250,000-monthly ATM skimming scheme

Jan. 23, 2020 7:21 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Venezuelan man who pleaded guilty to stealing debit and credit card information from ATMs has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ricardo Abdel and his conspirators installed pinhole cameras at ATM machines in Georgia, Florida and California to record card and pin numbers, and...